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Top Android apps for the Galaxy Note 2 including multi-view usage

The Galaxy Note 2 is well suited for productive work with its huge 5.5-inch screen. That work requires good apps, especially those that work in multi-view. Here are some good ones.
By James Kendrick, Contributor on
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Top apps for the Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the 5.5-inch screen can be very productive with the right mix of Android apps. The large screen makes working with a lot of information on the screen nice and easy.

This collection of apps is first shown in full-screen glory to demonstrate how useful they can be on any Android device, and the Note 2 in particular. This is followed by a section in the gallery that shows off how these apps can be used in the Note 2 multi-view that allows using two apps at once on the display.

Don't miss the full review of the Galaxy Note 2 by James Kendrick of ZDNet.

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Pocket Informant

The Note 2 is perfect for tracking all the personal information that gets you through your day. It is a full calendar app that adds an outstanding task manager to the mix.

Pocket Informant has a wealth of view customizations to present even the busiest schedule in a manner that makes the most sense.

PIM data can be synced with popular online services to keep data available in the cloud.

Pocket Informant for Android -- $9.99

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Best wallpapers HD

Android makes it easy to change wallpapers on the home screen to suit the user's mood, but finding good ones is not always easy.

This app has a collection of hundreds of good wallpaper images that are sized to fit most Android phones. It is free but ad-supported.

Best wallpapers HD -- Free

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gReader Pro

Google Reader users can do no better with managing thousands of RSS feeds than with gReader Pro. The app makes good use of the screen, especially the big display of the Note 2. It is fast, even with thousands of RSS news items to process.

The app can be customized to display the way that best suits the user.

gReader Pro -- $4.99

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Photoshop Express

This free app has basic image editing features that are easy to do with touch. The large display of the Note 2 is particularly suited for precise editing of photos taken with the camera.

You won't do sophisticated photo editng using this free app, but it handles most common editing tasks quite well.

Photoshop Express -- Free

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Polaris Office

This office suite is included on the Galaxy Note 2 and is available for other devices. It includes word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and PDF editing apps. It works with Microsoft Office documents.

It is particularly useful in multi-view as demonstrated later in this gallery.

Polaris Office -- free on Galaxy Note 2

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QuickOffice Pro

This is my favorite office suite for Android, as it works with most popular cloud storage services. The word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and PDF apps integrated in the suite are very good.

It is expensive for Android apps but has proven to be well worth the price.

Polaris Office from the previous slide is included on the Note 2 and works with multi-view. This app does not work in multi-view mode so I end up using Polaris Office more frequently.

QuickOffice Pro -- $14.99

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Tweetings

As a heavy user of the Twitter service a good client app is essential for me. Tweetings has become my go-to Twitter app due to its smooth operation and the fact it is compatible with multi-view on the Note 2.

It makes good use of swiping between columns and can be configured to work as desired.

Tweetings -- $1.99

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Google Play Music

I listen to music all the time on the Note 2 and the Play Music app is very nice. The big display of the Note 2 makes it a breeze to search through my large music collection which is stored in the Google cloud.

Google Play Music -- Free

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Google +

The Google + social network is not for everyone, but those use use it will find the Android app to be best in class. It displays the news feed in an attractive layout the has updates sliding in and out as you swipe down the screen.

It can handle all functions of Google +, including video hangouts which are especially nice on the large screen of the Note 2.

Google + -- Free

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Multi-view on the Note 2

Samsung greatly increased the usefulness of the Note line with the introduction of multi-view. This allows opening two apps at the same time that display side-by-side on the big screen.

Not all apps are multi-view compatible, but the ones shows in the following collection work well with this feature. The slides to come demonstrate how I use multi-view to great effect, including which apps I typically use together on the display.

Multi-view works equally well in both portrait and landscape orientation, but I find the latter to be my preferred method.

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Using Tweetings with the Browser

I use Twitter a lot and find it a useful tool for researching breaking news. This news is often given with web links to more information, and this is where multi-view is very useful.

I open the browser in the left half of the screen and Tweetings on the right. This lets me swipe down the Twitter timeline in Tweetings. When I hit a news item of interest I tap the link in the tweet.

This opens up in the browser on the left without leaving Tweetings. If the article in the browser is indeed interesting, I simply slide the border in the middle of the two apps to make the browser window bigger. I can slide the border at will, returning to an equally split screen when I return to Tweetings.

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Adjustable multi-view windows

As mentioned in the previous slide, the multi-view windows are adjustable by simply sliding the border between the two apps. In this photo the browser window on the left is bigger to better see the article. It can be moved back to the middle when returning to Twitter in the Tweetings app as displayed.

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Using Gmail and the Browser in multi-view

Like many folks, I get a lot of Gmail throughout the day. Many messages include web links to other information, and this is where multi-view comes in handy.

I run Gmail in the left pane and the browser on the right. Whenever I tap a link in an email it opens the page up in the browser without leaving Gmail. It saves a lot of time over a day having both apps open at the same time.

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Pure social networking with Facebook and Tweetings

Social butterflies will find this method of following both Facebook and Twitter updates. With Facebook running side-by-side with Tweetings, both social networks can be followed at the same time.

Never miss another twitter update while looking to see what's new on Facebook.

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Using gReader Pro and the browser in multi-view

As mentioned in an earlier slide, gReader Pro is my preferred method to follow lots of Google Reader RSS feeds. This is accomplished by scrolling down a long list of news items, tapping items of interest for more detail.

Once I scan an article synopsis, those of particular interest get sent to the browser on the right to read the entire article. Having both apps open together prevents gReader Pro from closing every time I check out an article.

When an article is open in the browser, I drag the border to make the browser window bigger. Once done I drag it back to the middle and instantly return back to gReader Pro.

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Using Polaris Office and the browser for research

I often run Polaris Office with the browser to do online research. This makes it simple to capture anything of interest in the browser and save it to Polaris. I can add notes as desire in Polaris and instantly return back to the research in the browser.

This is a highly effective method for doing online research with a utility that far outreaches methods on other phones.

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